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Thinking through resilience in design and performance practice

Event date
16 March 2020 (6pm to 8pm)
Thinking through resilience in design and performance practice


Across UAL a number of new practice-centred academics have recently joined courses that offer Design for Performance, in particular at CSM, CCW and LCF. In bringing them together we invite each to present, for five minutes, one example of their work that demonstrates a challenge to the boundaries of traditional practice. The speakers are invited to discuss a specific project through which they can evidence how facing challenges, limitations and exclusion zones can create alternatives and engender resilience.

Our contention is that, through teaching and research we create communities of resilience and renewal. Drawing from the content of the presentations, the ensuing round table discussion will engage with notions of resilience which emerge, variably, from innovation, sustainability, collaboration and a socially responsive practice.

Discussion will be framed around the relationship that can exist between resilient practice-centred methodologies and research. Such gathering is intended as a starting point for further discussions.

Building on the notion of research hubs as ‘bottom up’ rather than ‘top down’ initiatives, our aim is to place resilience at the core of an internal network of practice-based academics. Such critical mass may be foundational to future co-created research on pedagogy grounded in shared objectives that have emerged from this event.

The speakers are Rosa Uddoh, CSM, Giulia Pecorari, CCW, Nadia Malik, LCF, Kate Lane, CSM, Sophie Jump, CCW, Jenny Hayton, LCF, Kane Husbands, CSM, and Jorge Sandoval, LCF.

Donatella Barbieri, LCF, is Senior Research Fellow in Design for Performance and coordinator of the Design for Performance Research Hub at LCF.

Michael Spencer, CSM, is Course Leader, MA Performance Design and Practice

Image credit: The Hole, durational interactive performance by The Hole Collective, part of the Site Specific Performance Festival at PQ19, curated by Sophie Jump. See

Photograph by Michael Spencer.

This event is free but booking is essential. Please contact for more details. 

The event will be held in room B105 at Central St Martin campus, Granary Square, King’s Cross.

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